Donald Myles

Partner

   

dmyles@jshfirm.com
TEL: 602.263.1743
FAX: 602.200.7842
Legal Assistant: Gladys Negron
602.263.1743
gnegron@jshfirm.com

Don Myles focuses his practice on defending clients in cases involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims, bad faith and extra-contractual liability, professional liability, and insurance coverage. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), is a Past President of the USLAW Network and is a Past President of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC). Don is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), an Advocate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel, and a Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

      

  • Truck Insurance v. Anspach (Ariz. 2019) – Obtained significantly reduced verdict on behalf of client, an insurance agent. Plaintiff alleged that the agent failed to provide recall endorsement coverage to the bakery, which ultimately shut down for producing adulterated bread. Plaintiffs demanded $10 million in damages. Jury awarded $4,000, representing the amount Plaintiff would have paid for recall endorsement.
  • Twin City Fire Ins. Co. v. Leija, 244 Ariz. 493 (Ariz. 2018) (claimants who settle third-party claims are not entitled to post-settlement trials to determine percentage of employer fault solely to reduce or extinguish a workers’ compensation carrier’s lien).
  • Gabriel Armendariz v. Manuel Padilla, et al (Ariz. 2017) – Obtained summary judgment in Section 1983 civil rights action for false arrest made against a City of Yuma Police Sergeant.
  • Arcade v. AGCS Marine Insurance (Ariz. 2015) – A motion for summary judgment was obtained in Federal Court without hearing oral arguments.
  • Chelius v. City of Yuma (Ariz. 2015) – A motion for summary judgment was granted in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights action against the City of Yuma. The net effect of this victory was to save the City of Yuma more than $1.5 Million in potential damages.
  • Fernandez v. City of Phoenix (Ariz. 2015) – A motion for summary judgment was granted in favor of the City of Phoenix invalidating a stipulated judgment against the City for $8.5 million in a Morris-type of agreement.
  • Redmond v. Mid Century, et al. (Ariz. 2015) – A motion for summary judgment was successfully granted invalidating a $3.3 million stipulated judgment against Mid Century’s $100,000 auto policy limit.
  • Empire Talent & Modeling v. Auto-Owners Insurance Company – Obtained summary judgment on bad faith claim and punitive damages, and received a unanimous jury verdict in favor of client on breach of contract “reasonable expectations” claim for insurer arising out of the denial of the alleged loss of talent portfolios stored on multimedia.
  • Barbara Sloan v. Farmers Insurance Company of Arizona, Farmers Insurance Exchange, and Farmers Group (Ariz. 2012) – Obtained a defense verdict in a bad faith and punitive damage case on behalf of a national insurer.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), President, 2018-2019, Chairman of the Board, 2019-2020
  • USLAW Network, President, 2004-2005
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC), President, 2004-2005
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), Fellow, 2014-Present
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice, Board of Directors, 2017-2020
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Advocate Rank, 1996-Present
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC), President, 2004-2005
  • American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC), Fellow, 2017-Present
  • DRI, Board of Directors, 2018-2019
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA), Member, 2013-Present
  • Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem, 1993-1997, 2005-2008
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member, 2019
  • Professional Liability Attorney Network (PLAN), Member, 2010-Present

Civic & Community Associations

  • Lobbyist Arizona State Legislature, 2001-2008

Professional Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA, Band 1 Ranking, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year,” Insurance Law in Arizona, 2016 & 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Insurance Law, 2012-2020, Litigation – Insurance, 2017-2020, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2020
  • AV-Preeminent Rated on Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, Az Business Magazine, 2018
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Olshan Award, 2013
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2012-2020

Presentations & Publications

  • The ‘Advice of Counsel Defense’ in Coverage Cases: You Might Be Waiving More Than You Realize,” JSH Legal Update, June 2020
  • COVID-19: The First and Third Party Claims are on the Way,” JSH Legal Update, April 2020
  • “Traps for the Unwary – Insurance Coverage and Related Issues,” Panelist, ADTA 78th Annual Meeting, May 2019
  • “Advanced Fire Science: Applying the Scientific Method to Scene and Evidence Investigations,” Co-Presenter, Fighting Fire With Fire Workshop, June 2016
  • “Bad Faith Defense Themes,” Author, JSH Reporter, Page 30, Summer 2016
  • “Top 10 Ways To Commit Bad Faith,” Author, JSH Reporter, Summer 2015
  • “Best Practices to Avoid Extra Contractual Exposure,” Co-Presenter, Central Claim Executives Association, May 2015
  • “Litigation Management – Defense Counsel’s Challenges in Complying with Carrier Guidelines The Best Interest of the Insured-Client,” Presenter, 2015 CLM Annual Conference, March 2015
  • “The Relationship Between the Fire Investigation, Fire Department and the Legal Community,” Co-Presenter, DRI Fire and Science Litigation Seminar, November 2014
  • “Anatomy of a Real-Life Arson Defense Litigation,” Co-Presenter, PLRB Large Loss Conference, October 2014
  • “Sports Law Panel: What is the Law of Sport?” Moderator, FDCC 11th Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium, September 2014
  • “Avoiding Bad Faith Set Ups,” Co-Presenter, 2013 PLRB Claims Conference, March 2013
  • “Punitive Damages and Social Media Transformation Litigation,” Content Contributor, com, July 2012

Education

Southwestern University, J.D., 1982 Dean’s Honor List 1979-1982

California Lutheran University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 1979
All-American Javelin Thrower

Bar Admissions

Arizona
Arizona Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court